Los Alamos National Laboratory Acceptable Knowledge (AK) Research Technologist 1/2 Supporting Acceptable Knowledge (AK) Efforts (Research Technologist 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the Research Technologist 1 or 2 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
The Hazardous Waste Management Group (NPI-6) is seeking a highly motivated, experienced individual with a focus on customer service to be a part of the Acceptable Knowledge (AK) team. NPI-6 ensures safe, efficient and compliant waste management for waste generated and managed at a variety of LANL facilities. Those facilities include the TA-55 Plutonium Facility, the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) building, the TA-50 Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility (RLWTF), and the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB). NPI-6 ensures that all activities in these facilities are conducted in compliance with applicable environmental regulations and Laboratory policies.
The selected candidate will support waste generators at TA-55, CMR, RLW, and RLUOB by performing visual inspection/visual examination (VI/VE) on transuranic radioactive waste, low level waste, chemical regulated and unregulated waste; nuclear material accountability/management; apply scientific principles to address technical problems; and assist AK Scientist(s) to analyze data or outcomes related to the chemical compatibility of waste. NPI-6 is customer focused, supporting a vital national security mission. The group provides opportunities to learn in a supportive environment when challenges arise. If you enjoy a challenging, dynamic environment and a strong sense of teamwork, you will enjoy working with us.
Research Technologist 1 (AK) ($77,300 - $126,000)
The primary responsibilities for the candidate include adherence to scientific policies, programs, procedures and practices. You will participate in technical analyses and reviews of characterization techniques to develop, evaluate and/or support solutions to waste management or materials management problems. The analysis of this data is used to develop, evaluate and/or support solutions to waste management or materials management problems. The candidate, under the direction of the AK Scientist(s), participates in the investigation of the forensic origins of waste materials including researching historical records and information. Participates in formal networks involving coordination among groups and other key decision makers. Performs and participates in internal, programmatic and regulatory audits and assessments.
Research Technologist 2 (AK) ($85,400 - $139,600)
In addition to what is outlined at level 1, the selected candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of Acceptable Knowledge (AK) policies, processes, and improvements. The Research Technologist 2 contributes to the development of techniques and the fulfillment of research goals. Resolves problems of moderately complex scope requiring review of a variety of factors. Contributes to the development/implementation of new principles and concepts. Prepares research documentation and provides peer-review of documentation from other members of the team. May act as lead reviewing activities of personnel, ensures work, materials, processes and final product meet quality specifications and are complete according to established requirements.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Professional Level Experience:
Broad experience in a relevant technical discipline (chemistry, nuclear engineering, waste management nuclear materials management, etc.) at a DOE waste-generating/processing site.
Demonstrated scientific ability as a skilled specialist, preferably in chemistry, to contribute to the development of techniques, and complete work in innovative and effective ways in regard to the accumulation, processing, movement, storage, or measurement of special nuclear material or regulated waste.
Knowledge of Waste Management:
Knowledge of industry, and ability to interpret regulatory, or DOE/NNSA technical codes, standards, and criteria pertinent to waste management and/or nuclear materials management.
Demonstrated experience following detailed procedures effectively, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to communicate results through internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or technical publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Demonstrated ability to work as a team member in a conscientious, professional, and responsible manner in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment and interacting effectively with a variety of organizations.
Clearance and Mandatory Certifications:
Ability to obtain and maintain Q-clearance and Human Reliability Program (HRP) certification.
DOE Order 426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities. This DOE Order establishes requirements to ensure employees in the positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.
Additional Job Requirements for Research Technologist 2(AK):
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Professional Level Experience:
Demonstrated depth of knowledge and experience with chemical compatibility at a DOE waste-generating/processing site.
Demonstrated knowledge of applicable environmental regulations and Laboratory policies; and the latest versions of the WIPP Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC), TRAMPAC, TRUPACT II SARP, safety basis, nuclear criticality, or equivalent DOE, DoD, and NRC documents. Assures safety and security compliance, maintains required safety and security training, and makes safety and security an integral part of every task.
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret industry, regulatory, or DOE/NNSA technical codes, standards, and criteria pertinent to waste management and/or nuclear materials management.
Mentors technologists, provides technical coordination, and functional and operational direction as needed.
Knowledge and Expertise:
Demonstrated broad knowledge with transuranic waste visual examination, non-destructive measurements (neutron & gamma), flammability gas sampling and analysis, procedure writing, auditing and walk downs.
Demonstrated ability to work across organizational lines and conduct extensive research to resolve difficult issues.
Education/Experience for Research Technologist 1: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 2 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience for Research Technologist 2: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 5 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Demonstrated familiarity with maintaining genealogical relationship of a material or waste, to ensure accurate RCRA designation.
Experience using waste and nuclear materials management databases such as the Waste Characterization and Tracking System (WCATS), LAMCAS and LANMAS or ability to become proficient within twelve months of hiring.
Demonstrated familiarity with packing, marking, and labeling hazardous materials or waste.
Knowledge of waste assay/characterization technology.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with transuranic waste visual examination, non-destructive measurements neutron vs. gamma, flammability gas sampling and analysis, procedure writing, auditing and walk downs.
Active Q clearance and Human Reliability Program (HRP) certified.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading vision, distance vision, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), will require standing, walking and working on concrete surfaces for long periods of time, climbing stairs, and typing or keyboarding.
Work Environment: May require extended work hours or occasional shift work, work near sources of ionizing radiation, personal protective equipment such as safety glasses or eye protection, anti-contamination clothing, safety shoes, protective footgear or full-face respirators.
Note to Applicants:
Occasional travel may be required.
For full consideration, submit a comprehensive resume reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills stated above.
Position may require 24/7 coverage and therefore may require working a shift schedule.
Evaluation of applications will commence immediately
Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview on August 25, 2021 or August 26, 2021
This vacancy will close at COB, August 16, 2021; however, if there is an adequate applicant pool, this job may close as early as August 9, 2021.
This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 2 year.
Where You Will Work
Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
Dental and vision insurance
Free basic life and disability insurance
Paid maternity and parental leave
Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
Onsite gyms and wellness programs
Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements
for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.
426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.
New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.
Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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Contact Name Hughes, Jeremy Matthew
Vacancy Name: IRC86556
Organization Name NPI-6/Hazardous Waste Management
Req ID: IRC86556
Category: Operations Support